New Jazz from Finland!
Kallio and Innanen have played together in various settings from duos and trios to big bands at the Finnish jazz scene for 11 years (including such groups as Nuijamiehet, Gourmet and Mr Fonebone). Surprisingly, “Scratch” is their first duo release. Recorded in February 2006 and released in October 2007, the CD consists of two originals by each gentleman and 12 improvised pieces, ranging from classic avant-garde á la Coleman, Coltrane and Ayler to rural blues, tropical tripping, itching and scratching and to the unknown.
Mikko Innanen, 30, is a Finnish saxophonist and composer who leads his own quartet Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio, co-leads Delirium (with Danes Kasper Tranberg, Jonas Westergaard and Kasper Tranberg), Gourmet (with guitarist/composer Esa Onttonen), Mikko Innanen – Jaak Sooäär – Han Bennink Trio and Triade with Mikko Innanen (with Cedric Piromalli, Sebastien Boisseau and Nicolas Larmignat) and is an integral part of Mr Fonebone, Espoo Big Band, André Sumelius Band and Kalle Kalima K-18. Mr Innanen has also performed with John Tchicai, Ingrid Jensen, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Iro Haarla / Ulf Krokfors Loco Motife, Teddy Rok 7, Ibrahim Electric, Pierre Dorge´s New Jungle Orchestra, UMO Jazz Orchestra, Anders Bergcrantz, Juhani Aaltonen, Dayna Stephens, Frank Gratkowski, Ingebrigt Håker Flaaten, Paul Nilssen-Love, Magnus Broo, Fredrik Rundquist, Liudas Mockunas and Jacob Dinesen.
Finnish drummer and composer Mika Kallio, 34, is known for his work with such Finnish bands and artists as Gnomus, Gourmet, UMO Jazz Orchestra, Mr Fonebone, Kari Ikonen Karikko, Samuli Mikkonen Trio, Sakari Kukko, Pekka Pohjola, Juhani Aaltonen and Raoul Björkenheim. He has also performed with international names like Ingrid Jensen, Tomasz Stanko, Sebastien Boisseau, Matthieu Donarier, Gunnar Halle and Vincent Courtois.
Fiasko Records is an independent jazz & improvised music label founded by Finnish musicians in 2000.